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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


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Religion | Sikhism | Terrorism


        Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee


Ever since Guru Nanak Dev established the Sikh religion, historic Gurdwaras and other places of worship that were attached to the places sacred to Sikhs.

The Sikh Gurdwaras Act was placed on the Statute Book on July 25,1925. A central Gurdwara Board, elected by the Sikhs, was to be the custodian of all-important Sikh places of worship. The first Gurdwara Board passed a resolution that its designation be changed to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The government accepted this.

Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee currently takes care of all the historical Gurdwaras in Punjab as well as in adjoining states. Gurdwaras at Delhi are under Delhi Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee. These committees have officials picked through regular elections in which all Sikhs can participate. SGPC has a chairman, treasurer and general secretary. Currently SGPCs chairman is Gurcharan Singh "Tohra".



Fifteen years after the end of the war for Khalistan, terror commanders are rebuilding their lives. (The Road Home From Khalistan, Hindu, PRAVEEN SWAMI, Sep 27, 2007)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to engage the services of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to preserve more than 400 rare manuscripts, including that of holy Guru Granth Sahib, lying in the Sikh Reference . . . . (Asi Help To Preserve Sikh Manuscripts, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 06, 2007)

A very peculiar situation has arisen the world over for Sikhs with the recent enforcement of US Homeland Security Department rules giving full powers to screening officers at their airports in ordering a deliberate security check of turbaned Sikh . . . . (Govt Should Intervene To Stop Turban Frisking, Tribune, Himmat Singh Gill, Sep 06, 2007)

A code recently set out by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) on how to avoid ostentatious weddings within the Sikh fold, needs to be not only lauded but propagated within a viable time frame, with the active backing and . . . . . (Ostentatious Weddings Against Sikh Ethos, Tribune, Maj Gen (retd) Himmat Singh Gill, Aug 18, 2007)

A group of Sikhs today protested against World Wrestling Federation (WWF) wrestler Booker-T, objecting to his wearing trunks with the design of a 'khanda', a Sikh religious symbol. (Sikhs Protest Against Wwf Star , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 26, 2007)

Sikhs may be just 2 per cent of the population but in their self- image and deportment, it is as if they constitute 200 per cent of India’s one billion. (The Threat From Within, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 26, 2007)

ORIGINALLY a place of belonging - spiritual, temporal or literal - Dera Sacha Sauda is now something that causes fear and anxiety among many people in Punjab. (Faith And Conflict, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 20, 2007)

Neither was the letter signed by Dera chief nor any mention made about the “mistake”: Vedanti (Dera Chief’S Apology “Unacceptable”, Hindu, Sarabjit Pandher, Jun 28, 2007)

PAST the gates of the Sachcha Sauda complex at Bathinda, the bleak south Punjab landscape transforms into a world designed to appear as a peasant might imagine paradise: hundreds of acres of lush green fields, dotted by woods. (Faiths At War, Frontline, PRAVEEN SWAMI, Jun 08, 2007)

Punjab was for many years the most prosperous state of India. It is no longer so. (Everybody Has A Reason, Telegraph, Khushwant Singh, Jun 02, 2007)

The procession of Sikh organisations was peaceful here today. However, difference of opinion emerged between the moderates and the radicals. (Moderates Carry The Day In Punjab, Tribune, Ajay Banerjee, Jun 01, 2007)

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and the SGPC today crossed swords over the publication of an advertisement in leading newspapers on behalf of the latter regarding shortening of the protest-march route against the blasphemous acts of . . (Vedanti, Sgpc Clash Over March Route , Tribune, Varinder Walia, Jun 01, 2007)

Peace stood at the gates of the Akal Takht on Tuesday, olive branch in hand. By rejecting an apology issued by the Sacha Sauda sect for any offence it might have caused, the five high priests of the Sikh faith severed the branch with their swords and . .. (The Sword And The Olive Branch, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, May 31, 2007)

Historically, a number of groups emerged from time to time in opposition to the mainstream Sikhs. (Community Of Differences, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, May 31, 2007)

The Sikh clergy on Tuesday refused to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh and decided to continue with the social, religious and political boycott of Dera and its followers. The Sikh high priests also refused to comment on apology. (No Pardon For Dera, Rules Akal Takht, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, May 30, 2007)

In an attempt to defuse the Dera Sacha Sauda imbroglio, the Sikh clerics today adopted a midway approach by adopting a “Gurmata” that neither clearly rejected nor accepted the apology tendered by the dera for hurting Sikh sentiments at Salabatpura . . . (Clerics Take Middle Path, Tribune, Varinder Walia, May 30, 2007)

Community urged to continue struggle Law sought against use of religious symbols Call for awareness drive to counter Dera's influence (Clerics Reject Apology, Warn Dera Chief, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, May 30, 2007)

Even as the Sikh clergy and Panthic organisations are divided over the contents of the apology tendered by Dera Sacha Sauda addressed to Guru Gobind Singh, the meeting of the Sikh high priests to be held at the Akal Takht secretariat here . . . . (Apology Splits Clergy, Panthic Bodies, Tribune, Varinder Walia, May 29, 2007)

Though the bhog ceremony of Kanwaljit Singh (who died in firing near a dera at Sunam) today passed off peacefully at Gurdwara Nankiana Sahib, near here, the hardliners later gheraoed the Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib outside the gurdwara and . . . (Kanwaljit’S Bhog Passes Off Peacefully, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, May 28, 2007)

The failure of mediation efforts by a multi-religious group led by Swami Agnivesh, while reviving simmering tensions between Sikhs and the Dera Sacha Sauda, has top police officials in a panic with the Akal Takht’s deadline on the closure of the .. . (Police Fears Flashpoint At Ritual For Slain Sikh , Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, May 26, 2007)


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